Wildcat News

Oak Harbor High School | February 2020 Issue


Saturday, Feb. 1 | 7 p.m. | Drama Winter Show: Almost, Maine

Thursday, Feb. 6 | 7 p.m. | Drama Winter Show: Almost, Maine

Friday, Feb. 7 | 7 p.m. | Drama Winter Show: Almost, Maine

Saturday, Feb. 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | AP Math and Computer Science Study Session

Saturday, Feb. 8 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Student Chef Showdown

Saturday, Feb. 8 | 7 p.m. | Drama Winter Show: Almost, Maine

Thursday, Feb. 13 | NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Feb. 14 | NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences

Monday, Feb. 17 | NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day

Thursday, Feb. 20 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Art Show Opening Reception

Thursday, Feb. 20 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | High School and Beyond Night

Friday, Feb. 21 | 8 - 11 p.m. | Dance

Saturday, Feb. 22 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | AP Science Study Session


Mark your calendars! Parent-Teacher Conferences are Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14. These are arena-style conferences in the Oak Harbor High School gym. No appointments are necessary. Feel free to walk in during any of these four conference sessions:


9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - SESSION 1

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - SESSION 2

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - SESSION 3


7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - SESSION 4

Before You Arrive:

Important! Please print out your student’s schedule at home from Family Access

(Skyward) and bring it with you to the conferences. The print out will have the teacher

name for each of your student’s classes.


Please park in the Student/Stadium Lot and enter the school through the “Wildcat Way”

entrance (bank of glass doors near the Student/Stadium parking lot).

Conference Format:

Students are required to use this time to be in contact with their advisors regarding their

High School and Beyond Plan. All sessions will be in the Gym. Teachers will be sitting in

groups by subject (i.e., Math, Science, English, etc.).


Wow! My first year is just flying by. Right after I was offered this position last February, I came to Oak Harbor to observe and be a part of our annual 8th Grade Parent Preview Night. I was impressed and excited by the event. What an incredible opportunity for parents and students.

This year, our team decided we not only want to maintain this tradition, but we want to expand on it. This year's event is called High School and Beyond Night. Like last year, we will use the day to welcome incoming freshmen and orient them to our school. In the evening, we will host students and parents to introduce current 8th graders/incoming freshmen to our school and programs. Additionally, on the same evening, we will also hold a College and Career Night for current 9th -11th graders.

Please join us on February 20, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. to learn about 9th grade registration, sports, clubs and activities, as well as Running Start, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, College in the High School, and more.

Our hope is that by combining these two events on the same night, we will make it easier for families to come and learn about future options, regardless of what grade students are in.


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On Saturday, January 25, two dozen of our music students competed at the regional music festival for soloists & small groups, called Solo & Ensemble. Many of our students were awarded the highest possible rating of "Superior," and the following students were selected to compete at state, or as an Alternate for State!

State Competitor

  • Logan Gore, Bass Clarinet

Alternates for State

  • Click Clarinet Quartet: Logan Gore, Spencer White, Isaac Miller, Alex Johnston

  • Penn Cove Brass Ensemble: Cooper Billiter, Reagan McCabe, Scooter Fagan, Joseph Barrett, Paige Jenkins, Landon Eaton, Keilani Marriott, Sam Van Dreumel

  • Penn Cove Trumpets: Paige Jenkins, Landon Eaton, Keilani Marriott, Sam Van Dreumel

  • Trumpet: Hannah Mayne

  • Soprano Voice: Cheyanne Winchester


Are you in 9th -11th grade and interested in poetry? We encourage you to apply to be an Oak Harbor High School representative--a Student Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate will help organize poetry events, help other students with their writing, and be an all-around ambassador for the world of poetry, including being involved in the Skagit River Poetry Festival in LaConner, October 2-3, 2020. Interested students should contact Mr. Christensen in room A189.



Multicultural Club meets after school every other Wednesday in A19. Our next meeting will be February 5. We are currently discussing mythology across cultures and adding crafts to the mix with the Japanese art of origami. See Ms. Grunewald or Mr. Olsen with questions.


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Last month, a local business really helped out one of our programs. Washington Hardwoods, (that big blue mill on Farm to Market Road) ceased to operate and produce hardwood lumber. Washington Hardwoods has supported our woods program for many years with donations of various cuts of wood. As they were cleaning out the final corners, they found lots of odds and ends to donate for a final time. Getting all the donated material to the High School posed a problem. Here’s where Frontier Industries stepped in! Frontier’s General Manager said they could pick up the wood at the mill and deliver it to Oak Harbor High School at no cost to our program. Frontier’s crew filled an 8’ by 16’ flatbed truck with the abundant donation. That’s a lot of wood!

If you do business with Frontier Industries on the north end of town, and/or you just find yourself in their store; please tell them THANK YOU for being a great supporter of the high school woods program and for being a great part partner in this community.


Have you thought about how you want your name to appear on your high school diploma? All seniors, please visit Mrs. DeMarsh in the Counseling Center before March 13 to finalize your decision. Mrs. DeMarsh wants to hear from you!


Jane Addis Docken is a Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC). She has been recently assigned to support primarily military students and their families at Oak Harbor High School. As an MFLC, Jane provides non-medical counseling that is confidential (with the exception of safety concerns), and is cost-free to all active duty and recently retired service members and dependents. She provides assistance with things like relocation and school adjustment, deployment and separation concerns, reunification difficulties, family communication issues, mild anxiety about any number of problems, and helping to work through fear, grief, and loss. She assists individuals with finding solutions, building skills, and working on solving problems and her program keeps no records of any kind.

Jane will be at parent-teacher conferences if you would like more information. You can reach her by phone or text at 360.929.2802.


For the first time in history, Oak Harbor High School is broadening its horizons and has begun their very own Black Student Union (BSU). The BSU organization began in the late 1960’s from a small group of friends at San Francisco State College determined to put together a black student movement on a predominantly white campus. Out of a friendly wager was bred a lasting organization of camaraderie and friendship striving to meet a need to confront racial injustices and inequalities (Whiting, 2010). Since the 1960’s, the organization has grown to cover almost every college campus in the United States and has broadened out to many high schools.

The social injustices we strive to meet today are not the same as they were in the 1960’s; however, the niche the BSU serves is still crucial. Today’s BSU at Oak Harbor High School is an organization that assists young teens to develop survival skills, persistence to graduate, leadership, community involvement, networking, and career support. We are young and just testing out our feet, but we are vibrant and growing with a passion to serve our community.


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Studies suggest that if a student takes an AP course and earns a college-ready 2 on the exam, that student is more likely to enroll in college. A subsequent 4-year college degree student earns $1 million more over the course of their lifetime than the student who does not. With that in mind, Oak Harbor High School has begun an initiative: “There IS an AP class for you!”

This article is the second in a series of articles highlighting the diverse, engaging and intellectually enriching courses that are offered here at OHHS. The end goal is to encourage students--especially those who have never taken an AP course before--to consider enrolling in one.

Computer science jobs are in demand nationally, and experts project that the field will grow faster than any other in the next two decades.

At Oak Harbor High School, Bill Rodeheffer teaches AP Computer Science, a year-long course that focuses on writing software and learning how to code in Java.

Students learn to read and write in Java, a coding language. For students who like to code, this course is a great prep for a Computer Science major in college.

Senior Taylor Bates took AP Computer Science as an 11th grader after completing a Video Game Design course. It was his first AP course, and he is very pleased he took it.

“I have a better understanding of computer coding itself,” commented Bates.

Bates said that there is one final project due at the end of the course. He recommended that students start brainstorming and working on it at the beginning of the year. One of the elements of his project included typed text appearing in line, and disappearing in line. He was proud that this part of his project “inspired Mr. Rodeheffer.”

“Work hard and don’t slack off. Be willing to come in after school,” advised Bates. “And ask questions. Mr. Rodeheffer will give you hints and let you figure it out.”

Rodeheffer added, “Some students find their niche in coding, that maybe they didn’t find in traditional reading, writing, and math class.”

If you like computers, have an aptitude for math, and like logic, then this class is for you.

“Here, we work out the problems on the computer,” said Rodeheffer. “You work on it and get quick results. You can be frustrated, but then it works.”


Spring sports begin March 2. Spring sports include Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, and Boys' and Girls' Golf. For the 2019-2020 school year, all sign-ups will be completed online. Just log into Family Access and select "online forms." If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Athletic Office at 360.279.5850.


On January 25 and 26, Harbor Singers and Treble Choir combined with the Saratoga Orchestra to perform works such as Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus". Choir Director Darren McCoy played organ and gave his orchestra conducting debut while Band Director Brandon Nelson and his wife Eva Nelson sang featured solos. Special thanks to conductor Dr. Anna Edwards and the Saratoga Orchestra for this once in a lifetime opportunity.


Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 6pm

Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA

Please come join the Whidbey Island Wildcat robotics team as they present their latest robot to the community. After the presentation, the team will be serving a spaghetti dinner. See you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Oak Harbor High School bilingual and Title III students will complete their annual ELPA21 test between February 25 and March 6. The test normally takes about three hours but can require more time depending upon the student. The ELL team will help students make up any missed work. Please contact Ms. Grunewald with questions. Thanks in advance for your support!


Next Year Course Planning and Family Information Nights - We are already preparing for next year and will begin the process of course requests soon. In preparing for next year, we will offer a couple of informational meetings for both students and families. This year, we have combined our 8th grade Parent Preview Night with College Credit Options Night. This event, called High School and Beyond Night, will be held on February 20, starting at 5:30 p.m in the SUB and Gym. We look forward to seeing you soon at this event!

Upcoming SAT/ACT Exams—Juniors planning to attend a 4-year college or university should sign up now to take one (or both) of the SAT or ACT college entrance exams this spring. Oak Harbor High School offers the SAT test in May and October. The ACT test is given at Oak Harbor High School in October. Other area high schools offer these exams during spring as well. See the Oak Harbor High School website for specific times and locations (Learning-Counseling Resources-College Testing). Registration is online at www.collegeboard.org for the SAT and at www.actstudent.org for the ACT. Qualifying students may be eligible for a fee waiver. See your counselor for more information.

Scholarships—Most of the local scholarship applications are now available on the Oak Harbor High School website. Many of them have a March 6 deadline (although some have earlier or later deadlines). Check frequently for updated information. Pay attention to deadlines and get those applications in!

Running StartAn overview will be given at the High School and Beyond Night on February 20. Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus is having its Running Start meeting on February 11, and on March 17 from 6 - 7 pm in Hayes Hall 137. A representative from Skagit Valley College will be at Oak Harbor High School for informative sessions during both lunches on May 12 to answer questions students might have about Running Start.

Hey, Juniors are you planning for Life after High School?

So often, students wait until their senior year to really start exploring their options for post-secondary education or training. Juniors should be taking steps now to prepare them for their pathway after high school.

  • Explore websites such as My College Options or College Board (www.collegeboard.org) to find educational programs that meet career interests.

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT this spring if four-year college or university-bound.

  • Register with the NCAA (www.ncaa.org) for student-athletes who plan on playing college sports.

  • Visit college campuses during spring break or summer vacation.

  • Start the application process this spring if interested in attending a military service academy.

  • Speak with a recruiter if interested in enlisting in the military.

  • Prepare a resume and evaluate extracurricular activities and leadership positions.

  • Use summer vacation to gain work experience, complete an internship opportunity or participate in a summer enrichment activity.

  • Visit with Mrs. Kellison, College & Career Counselor for assistance with post-secondary planning.


Oak Harbor High School is excited to host the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) Conference on October 9-11, 2020. Hundreds of student leaders from all over Washington will be spending the weekend on Whidbey Island. An important, exciting part of the conference is the homestay with local families. We are looking for you to be a home away from home for these student leaders!

We are looking for host families that can:

1. Host three or more students for both nights (Oct 9 and 10). Students can bring sleeping bags and pillows if need be. Slumber Party! You don't need to have a bed for each student.

2. Provide dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings.

3. Plan activities for Friday night. We will provide lots of ideas for this!

Note: You don't have to have high school aged children or any children for that matter to host; just a genuine interest in showing student leaders some Whidbey Island hospitality.

We are planning to host an information session sometime in the late Winter/early Spring.

Have a question now? Email Stacy at svoorhees@ohsd.net.

Are you interested in hosting? Tell us!